True Story Reviews

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January 9, 2020
It's a worthy addition to the true crime genre -- even if it leaves viewers questioning the meaning of "true."
December 8, 2019
To see this story and these individuals played out by James Franco as Chris Longo and Jonah Hill as Michael Finkel is delicious...an interesting tacit visual duality/split screen at play here that director Rupert Goold masterfully elicits.
May 10, 2019
[The film's] minor misstep does little to take away from the film's impact on its viewers.
December 8, 2018
Franco is a curious presence on-screen and fans of his work will enjoy a more subdued performance, even though the payoff has meager results.
November 2, 2018
the film is good; as a fictional story, however, it could have been incredible. Without the albatross of the true story, and some dramatic enhancements, the movie could go from good to great.
August 30, 2018
Overall the film is entertaining and absorbing, leaving the theater I was struck by the fact that I wanted more.
August 21, 2018
With standout performances from both Hill and Franco, this well-written and deftly directed film is not to be missed.
December 2, 2017
Essentially, the results and ending of True Story will most likely frustrate viewers but there's no denying that James Franco and Jonah Hill deliver captivating performances
November 22, 2017
Both stars remain watchable throughout, Hill and Franco cast in cunning opposition to what their respective appearances might suggest.
October 12, 2017
[Goold] and his team do solid work keeping the movie from seeming stagey despite its focus on two characters talking to each other.
July 12, 2016
A fine, engrossing procedural drama.
February 19, 2016
Both characters are so deeply immersed in their own fabrications, any bid at genuine truth is doomed from the beginning. The best part is: We don't care, because we're not expected to like either one.
November 5, 2015
True Story is a taut, psychological thriller which benefits both from the effectiveness of its two leads as well a sense of brevity that wisely recognises the value of pacing, silence, and space.
August 17, 2015
It's good, but it could've been amazing and falls short. [Full review in Spanish]
August 14, 2015
Perhaps True Story should have been a stage play, but this low-budget exercise is a chance to savor the abilities of its well-known stars.
July 16, 2015
A good story, quite grippingly told, and worth consideration.
July 16, 2015
The former comedy co-stars are superbly cast in this fascinating, fact-based story.
May 30, 2015
True Story is an odd bird. I expected a taut cat and mouse story, but got something sadder.
May 3, 2015
A film with performances much better than its material
May 1, 2015
... offers a compelling glimpse into the convergence of journalism and the justice system.
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